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Friday, May 31, 2013

A Flowering Bunch (June SOTM Blog Hop)

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop which features A Flowering Bunch stamp set from Close To My Heart.   The fun, detailed images in this stamp set are perfect for coloring with our alcohol markers.  Some of the shapes can be cut using the Artiste cartridge for the Cricut.   For the images with a red outline, the stamp set has information printed on it regarding the correct page number to find the image and the correct size to cut it to coordinate with that particular stamp image.   

If you have come here from Haley's 'The Inky Scrapper' blog, you are on the right path!  We have now grown to over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their projects.  Blog Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!

A fun card to create.  The image of wildflowers from A Flowering Bunch was stamped using Sweet Leaf ink and the flowers colored using a variety of CTMH markers.  Brightly-colored papers from the Chantilly packet were used for the background of the card, with some ribbon to add texture.

Now "Hop" on over to 'The Brae-er' blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas!  Remember, A Flowering Bunch stamp set is only available during the month of June 2013.  The regular price is $17.95, or you can purchase it for only $5 with a minimum order of $50 in other CTMH products.  

If you get lost on the Blog Hop or find links that aren't working, there is a complete list of all participating blogs on Helen's 'Hooked on Stamping' blog.

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Be-you-tiful Bird


A combination of two challenges inspired this card.  For the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog, this is Creature Feature week.  Any sort of creature, so I chose a bird from the Happy Thoughts stamp set.  Combined with paper from the For Always packet and the 'clean & simple' sketch #29 this week at CAS(E) this Sketch!, this card has an elegant feel.  The bird was embossed using Lagoon pigment ink and the sentiment is embossed using Black pigment ink.  The resin 3D flowers are from the For Always Assortment.



All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
(913) 485-4355
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Primary Colors ~ Pennants

For this week's Color Dare #43 on the Color My Heart blog, the challenge is to use the primary colors of Cranberry, Outdoor Denim, and Honey.
Patterned Pennants has some fabulous texture stamps, and the way that the stamps are arranged in their packaging inspired me to use them to create a background.  The sentiment is from Card Chatter-Sympathy.  This versatile stamp set has some nice sympathy sentiments, and also other sentiments which can be used for many occasions.  The blue polka-dotted fabric flower adds a touch of whimsy and is from the Claire Assortment. 
Normally I like to 'finish' the inside of my cards with some stamping, but I do not always share the completed look.  This is not fancy, but does show the second part of the sentiment along with a repetition of one of the pennants from the front of the card.


UPDATE:  This card was chosen as the winner for Color Dare #43, so I earned the Diamond blog badge.  



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All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
(913) 485-4355
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Friday, May 17, 2013

Three Challenges ... One Card

Decided to combine THREE challenges in one card!



This week, the Heart 2 Heart Challenge is "Let's See Those May Flowers" that came from all those April showers.  For the color choice, Color My Heart was my inspiration.  Unfortunately, entries had already closed for the week by the time my card was completed, but my inspiration was the combination of Hollyhock, Blush and Cotton Candy in Color Dare #42.   Finally, the sketch for the card is CAS(E) this sketch #28.   Each week the blog features a clean and simple card challenge.  

The base of this card uses a nice patterned paper from the For Always packet.  The flower is created using the three colors of cardstock from the Color Dare.  Each color was cut in a different size using images from the Artiste cartridge that are actually buttons (found on the 'y' key).  For a unique look, I layered the different button shapes to create a flower.  Embellishments for the card include Pink Glitter Gems scattered to mimic the sketch, along with a flower from the Claire Assortment and another from the For Always Assortment.



All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
(913) 485-4355
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pajama Party ~ Big Picture Classes



Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this 'Creativity Starter.'  This "Think Happy Thoughts" project features a sturdy kraft tube, bright papers, an inspiring stamped sentiment, and darling accessories from Close To My Heart—plus 52 awesome downloadable creativity starters to go inside.

The FREE webcast will air Thursday, May 30 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (CDT). During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Happy Thoughts kraft container, as the presenter walks you through the steps. Watch the Pajama Party by yourself, or with your friends for a fun crafting pajama party. Anyone with an Internet connection can watch, so be sure to order your project supplies in advance and then tune in!

The Pajama Party class will be available for FREE at BigPictureClasses.com on May 30. If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a free account on the Big Picture Classes website.



What's in a Pajama Party?Six fun-filled, inspiration-filled, and prize-filled segments:
  • Popcorn Bowl + Popcorn Poll
  • Teachers' Tip Trio
  • Partner Project
  • Guest Pajamas
  • Under the Covers
  • Partner Project Finale




During the Pajama Party, Close to My Heart is providing an exclusive project taught by Stacy Julian along with amazing prizes and giveaways offered throughout the evening.  To make our 'Creativity Starter' Happy Thoughts kraft container, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:

  • Get your own blank kraft tube today and gather the rest of the supply list now so you can join the party prepared to make your own!
    • My Acrylix® Frame Flair (D1546)
    • My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts (C1536)
    • 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® block (Y1009)
    • 4" x 5" My Acrylix® block (Y1012)
    • My Acrylix® spritz cleaner (1778)
    • My Acrylix® stamp scrubber (Z1782)
    • Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1790)
    • Whisper Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2172)
    • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2195)
    • micro-tip scissors (Z534)
    • corner rounder (Z578)
    • paper trimmer
    • My Creations® kraft container (Z1833) 
    • one sheet of 12" x 12" Crème Brulee cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5754)
    • one sheet of 12" x 12" Lagoon cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5762)
    • one sheet of 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, 1385)
    • one sheet of 12" x 12" Whisper cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5929)
    • one sheet Pink B&T Duos® paper from Chantilly paper packet (comes with 6 sheets, X7163B)
    • two yards Grey Wool baker's twine from neutral assortment (comes with ten yards, Z1701)
    • three butterflies from Color-Ready Trinkets wooden shapes (comes with 57 shapes, Z1844)
    • three grey Sparkles from Sparkles black & grey assortment (comes with 108, Z1754)
    • 3-D foam tape

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
(913) 485-4355
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Sunday, May 5, 2013

'Art With An Attitude' (Blog Hop)

As a consultant with Close To My Heart, I am part of Kim's "Stampers With An Attitude" team.    This month, the team decided to have our first ever Blog Hop and the theme is 'Art with an Attitude.'

If you have come here from Sandra's 'Oh My Scraps!!' blog, you are on the right path!  Blog Hopping is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!


For this challenge, I decided to create some "swing" cards using the Artiste cartridge for the Cricut machine.  All four cards use papers from the Claire packet along with several different stamp sets.  There are actually eight different "swing" cards which can be cut using the 's' button.

All of the different patterns on this card with a square focal point make me smile.  I love how the colored arrows point to the chevron, and there are even polka dots on the fabric flower.  That flower is adhesive-backed and is available with two other flowers in the Claire Assortment, which coordinates with the Claire paper packet.  An image with notched corners from the Frame It Up stamp set creates a nice border for the sentiment from the Joyful Birthday stamp set..

Another swing card option features a scallop circle.  The round dotted image used to create a border on the circle is also from the Frame It Up set.  This 'congrats' sentiment is in the Kudos stamp set, which is part of the Artiste Collection.  

For a more decorative center, this card uses a stamp image from the Perfect Fit-Frames set.  Stamps from the Puns of Praise set are used for the clock and the sentiment.  To create the "faux Washi tape" accents on the front edge of the card, the Patterned Pennants stamp set was used.  Stamping "faux Washi tape" is one of my favorite techniques that we were taught at the CTMH Album Retreat.

Since the images add just nice texture, another stamp from the Perfect Fit-Frames set was used for this card.  Instead of stamping another image in the center, one of the polka-dot fabric flowers was added.  A small 'thank you' sentiment from Casual Expressions was embossed using Outdoor Denim pigment ink.

Now "Hop" on over to Pamela's 'Reflections of My Art & Soul' blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the "Stampers With An Attitude" participating blogs to get some great crafting inspiration and other fun ideas!    

All papers and stamps are from Close To My Heart (CTMH).
Sheila Bennett
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
(913) 485-4355
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